#MartinPlace siege: A shotgun wielding man is holding hostages at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney, Australia. There are reports 13 people are being held hostage. Two women were seen in the window crying and holding up a black Islamic flag. The authorities are urging people to stay away. There are reports two gunmen are on the scene.
There are unconfirmed reports that one of the hostage-takers has made contact with police saying that he has ‘devices all over the city’ and ‘wants to speak with the prime minister live on radio’, according to Ray Hadley, from 2GB.
Up to two gunmen are involved in the siege but dozens of armed police have sealed off the streets surrounding the site. One gunman is believed to have a shotgun and possibly an explosive device.
The incident began just hours after a 25-year-old suspect was arrested in a terror raid in Sydney.
Officials have also evacuated the Opera House after reports of a suspicious device. Source: Daily Mail
Authorities: The airspace over Sydney hasn’t been shut down, despite earlier reports, Some planes are being rerouted to avoid police helicopters over hostage situation. – @Y7News
CNN reports, that around 9:44 a.m. local time a woman saw a man with a sports bag. She called police because she thought he may have a gun. The man entered the coffee shop and that’s when it turned into a hostage situation.
— 7NewsMelbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) December 15, 2014
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